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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Pepero Day: DIY Pepero

Assalamualaikum :D

11.11 marks as Pepero Day in Korea. It started as a symbol of wishing to be slimmer (like how pepero looks like) and then eventually a celebration among friends and couples (read more here). I heard some people give pepero to their teachers/lecturers too. I thought it's interesting so I'm all excited to celebrate the day too. 

Instead of buying the peperos gift set etc, I wanna try making my own. 

Some of pepero gifts I found in Artbox:

Besides these gifts in shops, supermarkets or convenience stores like CU, Lotte mart, Homeplus, I also saw a lot of DIY ads on online shops. I thought it would be more fun to make (I mean decorating plain stick pepero) them myself instead of just buying ready made ones.

I asked my friends on where I can get the supplies. Jin Hong helped me to buy the stuff and ingredients at Bangsan Market. It's like a baking street where you can find so many baking ingredients; thus, the name, get it? Thanks to Jin Hong, I had fun looking around and shopping there! (psssttt... spent 30,000KRW for everything. Got 40 big pepero and 30 small pepero. *imma happy kid*)

Things you need

Cookie crumbs in melon (green), strawberry (red), oreo (black) and cookie (chocolate). Topping set and cute choco mold with Korean words and emoticons. Edible pencils in vanilla, melon and strawberry.

 There are other flavors of cookie crumbs and edible pencils like blueberry, mango, chocolate etc. ((rambang mata muntah pelangi))

I chose different brands of coating. 
 The chocolate one is the most expensive and working way better than the other two. The taste is great. The only thing I don't like about it is that it takes quite a while to freeze. Strawberry sucks. It doesn't wanna coat the pepero. White isn't too bad. It takes less than 2 minutes to coat so I have to decorate quickly.

Pepero plastic holder. 

Plain pepero sticks.

The process

It took me around 10 hours to finish making all 70 pepero. But I really had fun. I think it will be so much fun to do it with friends too. It's my first time (and could be the last since we didn't celebrate pepero day in Malaysia haha).

Melt the chocolate coating
I started a little by a little to get to know which one is coating faster and manage to figure out later. When I knew that strawberry and white coat really fast, I made them first and I double coating some of them with chocolate one. Taste good! ^^

I got the white oil paper for free :D

My personal favorite is cookie crumbs coating! ^_^


Ready to make others happy. :DD

Thanks to Jungmin and Minki oppa for these :'D

And 20 pepero for le hubby. Ing~ <3
T'was fun, really. Some of the receivers said I can even sell them because I made them so pretty LOL. XD N'ways, you should try it too (provided you've time and interest hah!). 

Monday, 10 November 2014

A Date: 4 months of Marriage

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.,

Exactly 4 months after our marriage, we had a date to the Dream Forest Seoul, the fourth largest park in Seoul nearby our home in Seongbuk-gu. It was a short outing but totally made our day. 

The park was just 6-7 stations away by bus from our home. There's no entrance fee to the park and we spent around 2 hours to walk around the park. It's fall now so the view is breathtaking with red, orange, and yellow leaves around the park. There's also a small deer farm there. If you're not afraid of height, go to the observatory to see Seongbuk area, Nam Mountain (Namsan) and Bugak Mountain (Bugaksan) from there. Even if you are, brace yourself for the spectacular view.

Small Hanok (korean traditional house) area

The wind was 5m/s that day. Super cold. Saw some people camping around the park and saw this cool 3-in-1 kite played by one visitor.

Heading to the observatory. ((Dizzy. Gayut saya))

Oh. IRIS was filmed here too.
 Of course, a cuppa coffee will do in this kinda weather at the top 2nd floor of observatory park, The price isn't that expensive too! (Definitely a bonus) 

How the observatory building looks.

Asked him to take the maple leaves. (perangai bini pun...)

Cak! Hi deer~!

Selfie is a must (mehehehe)
It might not be the best park in Seoul, but it worth a visit if you're in the area, with time-constraint and just wanna hang out for a while. I should come back again to hangout or probably read a book here (yes, summer).

If you wanna know more details and how to get there, do visit here.

Thanks for reading! ^^